Maker: Black Box Wines, Madera, California
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Packaging: 3-liter box
Our Rating: 8.5 out of 10
The last time we tried Black Box Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon (the 2005), we didn't care for it much. Rating it only 7.5, we speculated that perhaps we had a bad box. Happily, the 2006 we tried is back to the level we saw in the 2004 version. Oaky berries feature in the mild aroma of this wine. It is medium-bodied and quite juicy, with plums and currants blending with cocoa notes and well-structured tannins.
This wine has restored our faith in Black Box as a purveyor of decent wines. Black Box Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 isn't a great wine, but it's pleasant and drinkable. One oddity we found was some sediment in the bottom of this box. That's something we haven't encountered in many box wines, which are usually young and clear. It didn't affect the flavor at all, and we probably wouldn't have notice had we not gone to extreme measures to drain the last glass from the box. The other oddity was that the usually reliable push-button spigot had a "dribble" problem. Twist spigots often show that issue, but this is one of the first push-buttons I've encountered that let go an extra drop or two after the glass was poured.